Before you get concerned and think that making homemade butter "sounds difficult" - this is actually a simple process and it serves a purpose for holiday get-togethers. It gives the kiddos something to do while you're traveling to your destination or preparing the rest of the meal. Plus! They get to contribute to the meal.
This will be one of those instances where you will be lucky if you haven't lost all of your marbles (literally).
How to Make Homemade Butter
small jar with tight fitting lid
salt (if desired)
- Place whipping cream on counter for a few hours so that it comes to room temperature.
- Fill jar three quarters full with cream and insert marble. Close lid tightly.
- Shake the jar vigorously until the cream turns into butter and whey (about 10-15 minutes).
- Drain whey and remove marble from jar.
- Place butter in a bowl and use a spoon to press out any remaining whey (drain).
- Rinse with cool water until the whey is gone and the water runs clear. May mix in a pinch of salt if desired.
- Transfer to a serving plate and refrigerate.
Here's your finished product:
We've made homemade butter twice this year. Once on the way to Daddy's house for our Harris Family Thanksgiving get-together and once on Thanksgiving day. It kept the boys busy both times, and they enjoyed contributing to the meal. Here they are shaking the butter container on the way to Daddy's house:
Now with a process that's so simple, all you have to decide is how you're going to shake it. ;-)